Wilson Trance All Court Review (Great Shoe-Highly Recommend)

Discussion in 'Shoes and Apparel' started by drakulie, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    ^^On one day he warmed up with Blake. On this particular day, I can't remember the name of the guy he warmed up with. Sup2Dresq knows.

    As for getting his sutograph on the shoes>>> you are right, I wouldn't be able to wear them. Also, I prefer the auto on the cap. looks much nicer.
     
    #51
  2. Babb

    Babb Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2007
    Messages:
    1,447
    Location:
    Now down to 4 feet behind the baseline.
    ^^^
    Maybe if you were wearing Vapors it would be okay, but otherwise having shoes signed would be pointless, IMO.

    Roger warming up with James Blake? James must be paying a lot for lessons from the number one player in the world...
     
    #52
  3. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    6 month Follow-up

    Yup, it has been 6 months since I did my initial review of these shoes, and after all this time, I could say with confidence these shoes are as good now as they were when I first put them on.

    As expected, they are definitely worn in, so are much more comfortable than day 1. For the past two plus months I have been playing 4-5 times a week, about 2-3 hours at a pop. This includes playing with ex-college players, 5.5's, a recent National Grass Court Champion, and other levels.

    The shoes have not broken, had tears, or seems falling apart. The soles are now beginning to show wear, but I could say they will probably last me another 3 months. please keep in mind, I have been playing almost exclusivley the last few months on clay, so that will make a big difference in wear. The support is still there, as is the comfort.

    The only complaint I have about the shoe at this point is the retention of smell. VERY FOUL. LOL. It got so bad I had to start keeping them outside, and even though I washed them, the smell just won't go away. :)

    Wilson definitely hit a home run with these shoes. Thanks to TW for choosing me to do a review.
     
    #53
  4. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    10 month update!!!

    10 month update on these shoes. They are still going strong. With so much time on the courts (mostly har tru), they still have plenty of life in them, although they smell really bad. :)

    The outers (by the laces) are starting to come apart a bit, but don't effect the shoe and how they feel on your foot. Other than that, they are very comfortable, have broken in very nice, and are easy to transition from har-tru to hard courts.

    I also was able to play with them on grass this past weekend, and although they did ok, I found myself slipping a bit too much for my taste.
     
    #54
  5. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    One year later.

    Well, it's been one year since I received these shoes from TW to review, and I have to say I haven't been dissapointed. The look of the shoe was classic. The feel, and most importantly performance of the shoe has been phenomenal. So much so, that I switched to these shoes and have been wearing them as my primary shoe ever since. The shoes have lasted me one year. I have never owned a tennis shoe that has come close.


    Now, for the money these shoes cost compared to Adidas and Nike (the big two), it just can't be beat. They are cheaper, and last 3-4 times longer. Additionally, not only did the shoes perform exceptionally well on clay, but also superbly on hard courts. Granted, most of the playtime the shoes got were on clay (making them last longer), but they still got plenty of hours logged on hard courts.

    Never had any problems with ankle twisting/rolling, pain in my souls, or other pains associated with tennis shoes, and this, while logging *A LOT* of hours on the court. I play 3-5 times a week, and approx 2 hours per session, sometime playing every day of the week.

    Anyway, thanks a bunch to Wilson for making a great shoes, and to TW for choosing me to review these great shoes. Two thumbs up.

    Now, out with the old:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]




    And on to the new: (sneak peek of the new K-Swiss Misoul tennis shoes just sent to me by TW, to complete yet another review). Life is good !!!!!


    [​IMG]


    I'll be posting more photos of these shoes later on this weekend. !
     
    #55
  6. S H O W S T O P P E R !

    S H O W S T O P P E R ! Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2008
    Messages:
    1,938
    Location:
    In your thredz, stealin ur bukkits
    Oh my god, those shoes look like they've been to hell and back. Glad to know that they didn't become bad after 6 months. I tried them on after reading the review. They were comfy, but they didn't breathe well for me. But hey, what works for you works for you.
     
    #56
  7. Kal-El 34

    Kal-El 34 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Messages:
    2,170
    Location:
    USA
    are these the new versions of the trance? our wilson rep brought out the new shoes that were coming out this year last december. one thing i noticed is that there was not much ankle support in the new ones. One can pretty much grip the shoe and twist it completely around in hand. maybe they fixed this before the official release, but i found the new ones to be a bit flimsy in hand.

    however, this could have been resolved, or you could have an older version i dont know. thanks for the review on the shoes, very nice.
     
    #57
  8. Kal-El 34

    Kal-El 34 Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Nov 13, 2008
    Messages:
    2,170
    Location:
    USA
    HA, nevermind, obviously i did not finish the rest of the thread.. MY BAD!
     
    #58
  9. crocon

    crocon Professional

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2008
    Messages:
    1,134
    Wow dude thats crazy they held up that long. Ive been disappointed with the durability of my last two shoes (Diadora speed fire and new balance 882). The 882 also gave me calluses on the outside of my pinky toes and never got comfortable. I'll check these out for sure.
     
    #59
  10. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    double post
     
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2009
    #60
  11. drakulie

    drakulie Talk Tennis Guru

    Joined:
    May 3, 2004
    Messages:
    24,464
    Location:
    FT. Lauderdale, Florida
    ^^^Yeah, these shoes were built like "tanks", as Jo11yroger labeled them. I'm very surprised they not only lasted so long, but performed very well from beginning to end. Very, VERY good shoes, especially when you consider how cheap they are compared to other manufacturers.
     
    #61
  12. TonyB

    TonyB Hall of Fame

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2006
    Messages:
    2,779
    Wilson shoes are really great. I stocked up on some older clearance models last year and when they're gone, I suspect the Trance will be on clearance. I'll be sure to grab at least 5 pairs of them when they do. Wilson builds really nice shoes.
     
    #62
  13. Babb

    Babb Professional

    Joined:
    Nov 1, 2007
    Messages:
    1,447
    Location:
    Now down to 4 feet behind the baseline.
    Okay, so I wore this shoe, wore it out before the 6-month, got a replacement pair, but started wearing the Barricade II's instead. And now that I've just about worn my Barricade II's out, I've started breaking in the replacement pair of Trances. And... the flex point on these shoes is way too far towards the end of the shoes for me. They bend about midway down my toes...

    I guess wearing a better (IMO) shoe opened my eyes...
     
    #63
  14. Torres

    Torres Banned

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2011
    Messages:
    4,767
    A big word of warning for anyone with wider feet.

    I bought a pair recently as they were on sale. They are very, very tight around the bottom of the foot around the arch. Those blue hard plastic side straps really clamp the base of the foot really hard around the arch area and there's very little / no bend to the plastic. I have a wider flatter foot and find it uncomfortable - it bends my foot out of shape and make my feet ache within 10 mins, particularly if the laces are strung up tight. I doubt that these are going to loosen because its the hard plastic that is causing the problem not the leather upper.

    The shoe itself looks rock solid and I would speculate is going to be very durable. But its a shoe for people with narrow feet with medium/high arches. These shoes are the complete opposite something that the roomier, flatter soled K-Swiss (my normal shoe).
     
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2011
    #64
  15. argentinagang

    argentinagang Rookie

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2010
    Messages:
    107
    So lucky! i wish i could test shoes!:)
     
    #65

Share This Page